It has been a while since I wrote a book post, and part of that is because I have been really struggling to finish any novels from some time in the middle of the summer. I just could not sustain interest in anything for quite some time. But I have read something! Here are some of the books I read since my last post.
The Vacationers - Emma Straub
I bought this one on a whim at Waverley train station and really, really enjoyed it. I read this in a few train journeys (from Edinburgh to Glasgow and back again) and think it painted a realistic picture of a family which was fun escapist fantasy. It really made me want to go on holiday though.
The Lemon Grove - Helen Walsh
Another novel set in the same part of Spain and about a family holiday. That is pretty much where the similarities stop. This has recently been nominated for a bad sex award and was interesting at first but I found it really grating by the end.
This One is Mine - Maria Semple
Another train station buy, this time at Waterloo. I really liked the way LA was evoked in this, there was a real sense of place in this novel and it felt like going to another world. It was really enjoyable as a story but I think I was getting sick and tired of reading about affairs at this point. I think Violet was an interesting character and once her husband started getting a better hearing I think it got more interesting. Another fun, light summer read.
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys - Viv Albertine
I bought a lot of books in train stations this summer and this was yet another. I really enjoyed it but felt it was a little flawed. As Viv Albertine says in the introduction these are the stories she wanted to tell, and though I wish there was more on some areas, I still found it captured a time I am fascinated by in a way that I enjoyed even if I found the emphasis on the boys part of the title annoying at times.
Moranthology - Caitlin Moran
This was not bought in a train station! No this was bought during the festival for £1 (with a free copy of the The Times - I think I was meant to see it the other way round). I like Moran's writing style and enjoyed dipping into these essays while in my reading slump over the summer and early autumn.
The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
This helped me break out of my spell of not finishing novels. I have, at the last count, five unfinished novels on my bedside table. This I bought in a charity shop, read on the train and ADORED. Don Tillman was a really relatable character and it was engaging and fun. I have heard not so great things about the sequel though so am not sure I will rush out to read that. I may instead finish The Fifth Child or Any Human Heart or The Magus...